Rail: Paris to Sofia by Rail (EFIS)
Countries Visited: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Rail-The best way to fully experience the world is by travelling through it. Rail tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 16 breakfasts
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Travel across Europe by train, explore tiny villages and big capital cities, soak in gorgeous Alpine scenery from the window of the Glacier Express, sample cuisine across different countries, get spooked at "Draculas Castle"
This 3-week tour will leave you wondering why you waited to explore Europes Eastern rails less travelled in the first place. Begin in Paris before setting off throughout the charming countryside. Stop by Swiss Alps villages, stroll through Munich and Sofia, and hike in the hills of Veliko Tarnovo. Extensive enough to see plenty, but not so long that your plants are doomed, these often-skipped villages and cities you'll miss too, as soon as you leave. .
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|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Paris||Day 1 Paris|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Paris||Day 2 Paris (1B)|
The Louvre, MusEe dOrsay and Rodin Museum are all worth a visit. Stop by Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur to add some spirituality to your day. Shop on the Champs-ElysEes or explore the Left Bank.
|Day 3||Lausanne||Day 3 Paris/Lausanne (1B)|
Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Zermatt||Day 4 Lausanne/Zermatt (1B)|
Board another train for the journey to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the afternoon in the car-free centre or hiking in the nearby mountains. Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 5||Chur||Day 5 Zermatt/Chur (1B)|
Board the Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass meadows, rushing streams, bridges, villages and massive mountains as the train heads towards Chur. Arrive in the evening after a full day of soaking in the scenery. Transport: Board the Glacier Express and enjoy the stunning view out of the domed glass roof. Train (5.00-6.00 hours)
|Day 6||Munich||Day 6 Chur/Munich (1B)|
Take a full day to reach Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Arrive in time for an optional evening out at a local brewery with a few steins of beer and some typical German fare. Transport: Train (5.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 7||Munich||Day 7 Munich (1B)|
Explore the city or head further afield to visit FUssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
|Day 8||Salzburg||Day 8 Munich/Salzburg (1B)|
Known for the nearby salt mines, Mozart, and the setting for The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to offer. Opt of visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit. Transport: Train (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 9||Salzburg||Day 9 Salzburg (1B)|
Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.
|Day 10||Vienna||Day 10 Salzburg/Vienna (1B)|
Continue by train to Vienna. Opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit world-class museums. Stay overnight at a G Adventures for Good supported hotel that supports migrant workers. Included Activities: Magdas Hotel Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Budapest||Day 11 Vienna/Budapest (1B)|
Journey by train to Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths. Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights or soak in one of the famous baths. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Budapest||Day 12 Budapest|
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
|Day 13||Sibiu||Day 13 Budapest/Sibiu|
Take another free day to explore Budapest before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu. Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Sighisoara||Day 14 Sibiu/Sighisoara|
Explore Sighisoaras medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars. Sample some Romanian cuisine-the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region. Transport: Local train (1.50-2.00 hours, 90km)
|Day 15||Brasov||Day 15 Sighisoara/Brasov (1B)|
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoaras countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. In the early evening, ride the rails to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania. Included Activities: Sighisoara Region Guided Tour Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 16||Brasov||Day 16 Brasov (1B)|
Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania. Included Activities: Bran Castle Visit
|Day 17||Bucharest||Day 17 Brasov/Bucharest (1B)|
Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharests international cuisine. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 18||Veliko Tarnovo||Day 18 Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo (1B)|
Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 19||Veliko Tarnovo||Day 19 Veliko Tarnovo|
Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity. Included Activities: Hike to Arbanasi Village
|Day 20||Sofia||Day 20 Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia (1B)|
A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining. Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 21||Sofia||Day 21 Sofia (1B)|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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